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Creation of the Firm

In February 1977, two young attorneys opened the door of a small New York City office and launched a new kind of law firm. Now, Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A., is one of the premier customs and international trade law firms, providing an ever-expanding range of services to clients moving goods, personnel and ideas across international borders. An affiliated managed services company created just a few short years after ST&R itself was formed, Sandler & Travis Trade Advisory Services, is recognized as a leading provider of customs and international trade advisory services to the public and private sectors around the world.

“From day one we knew that to survive we had to provide our clients the absolute best service possible, and to do that we’d have to have people who were the absolute best at what they do,” ST&R Managing Partner Tom Travis said in reflecting on the firm’s anniversary. “We’ve never lost sight of that vision, and today we have more than 950 top-notch professionals, including former senior government officials, legislative staff, customs brokers, freight forwarders, economists, auditors, accountants, import specialists and trade analysts. Those professionals work in throughout North and South America, Europe, and Asia, making ST&R and STTAS the largest provider of customs and international trade services worldwide. We believe we’re well-positioned to continue to expand and be successful for another 35 years and beyond.”

Founding Member Lee Sandler added that adaptability and foresight have also helped ST&R and STTAS get to where they are. “The world is a very different place now than it was then, and that goes for the international trade environment as well,” he said. “We started out helping textile and apparel importers figure out the best way to bring their goods into the United States, but over the years we’ve branched out into government relations, litigation, trade remedies, labor issues, corporate social responsibility, product safety, food and drug issues, you name it. Laws and regulations are constantly changing, but our three-plus decades of experience as one of the few trade-only law firms out there has allowed us to help clients respond to these challenges and take advantage of the new opportunities they can offer.”

ST&R provides governments, manufacturers, importers, exporters and retailers the advice and counsel they require to succeed amid the constantly changing demands of global trade. STTAS offers hands-on global import/export solutions for multinational companies and also assists governments throughout the world in building customs agencies and procedures that expand import and export capabilities, reduce risk factors and comply with international standards. 

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